Situated on the San Jorge Gulf, Comodoro Rivadavia is a unique city with designer stores and upscale boutiques rarely found anywhere else in Patagonia. This oil-rich city has created immense local wealth, which has given it numerous downtown museums, South American restaurants and a popular casino.
Things to do in Comodoro Rivadavia
Discover more about Comodoro Rivadavia by visiting its various museums, starting with the National Petroleum Museum, which displays old machinery, historical documents and other exhibits on the city’s prime export. Wander through Ferroportuario Museum to see photographs, old railway machines, antique scuba diving gear and other historic ítems used during the city’s growth.
Looking for high-stakes entertainment? Casino Club is an intimate gaming hub with slot machines and table games, including craps, baccarat, blackjack and poker. Comodoro Rivadavia’s waterfront neighbourhood also boasts a range of casual and fine-dining restaurants. Go to Restaurante Puerto Cangrejo for cocktails and water views or grab a table at Cayo Coco for inventive pizzas and excellent service.
You’ll find Rada Tilly about 20 minutes south of Comodoro Rivadavia, which has one of the best beaches to watch a favoured local sport, land yachting. Comodoro Rivadavia also has a competitive football league and a basketball team, The Green Magic, which plays in the National League.
Long considered a gateway to Patagonia’s natural spoils, Comodoro Rivadavia is about 35 minutes to the Punta del Marqués nature reserve. Here you can see a colony of sea lions and soak up coastal views encompassing Rada Tilly and Comodoro Rivadavia. Need a beach break? Drive 30 minutes north to Caleta Cordova and kick back at the aptly-named Calm Beach.
Getting around Comodoro Rivadavia
If you’re hanging around the city centre, you can easily walk between attractions and other points of interest. There are also public buses that service the city centre, which leave from the busy De la Terminal. Taxis provide transport to destinations further afield, but you can also rent cars from Localiza.